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Hatching Twitter

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

New York Times columnist and reporter Nick Bilton tells the story behind Twitter, a drama of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles, as the founders went from everyday engineers to wealthy celebrities. Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal tells how, as Twitter grew, the four founders fought bitterly for money, influence, publicity, and control over a company that grows larger and more powerful by the day. 

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Comments [6]

Linda Norden

Just to correct a phoned-in comment that aired today during the conversation with Nick Bilton, re the character limit on Twitter:

It was editor Bennett Cerf who insisted that Theodore "Dr. Seuss" Geisel compose the children's book
that became "The Cat in the Hat" from a list of just 300 words. Louis Menand recounted the anecdote a few years ago in a New Yorker essay on the famed children's book - he wasn't its author.

Ironic that the mistake got made because the comment was telephoned, not tweeted or texted!

Nov. 06 2013 02:06 AM
Ron from Manhattan

Myspace isn't what it was? Will it last? Will Twitter go the same way...become less relevant?

Nov. 05 2013 01:54 PM
antonio from baySide

Isn't Twitter just a pared down Facebook?

Nov. 05 2013 01:48 PM
Carlos from Summit, NJ

Hemingway's short story was six words: "For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn."

Nov. 05 2013 01:47 PM
Chris from Prospect Heights

the Hemingway story was: "For Sale: baby shoes never worn."

Nov. 05 2013 01:46 PM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

The first time I was aware of twitter breaking into the Zeitgeist, was when Flight 1549, crashed into the Hudson River, when a user tweeted a photo of the downed plane to the media.

Nov. 05 2013 01:36 PM

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